Kansas nurse helping with Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A Kansas nurse deploys to Puerto Rico to assist those affected by Hurricane Maria.

Linda Sue Bayless, an advanced practice registered nurse was given 24-hour notice before deploying.

She was already expecting to get the call when a series of Hurricanes hit in Houston, Florida, and finally Puerto Rico.

She left October 4 and is due back on the 18.

Her husband, Greg Bayless, describes her as working side by side with FEMA, the Red Cross and Homeland Security.

“She is an honorable woman. She wants to help. She is patriotic. She has been a caregiver her entire life. She wanted to volunteer," Greg Bayless says.

Friday night, Eyewitness News managed to reach Linda Bayless by phone. She says she has no access to hot water but is not dealing with anything compared to the devastation many of her patients are facing.

"These people have no running water, most of them no electricity and limited pharmacy supplies," Linda Bayless says. "They've lost everything in the hurricane."

Linda and Greg Bayless live in Cheney and have four children.